About Adult Treatment
Not Just for Teens
In fact, the American Association of Orthodontists states that one in five orthodontic patients is over the age of 21. Many adults are choosing to receive treatment because they understand the importance of maintaining their health, and they want to feel better about their appearance. Adults everywhere are taking advantage of the opportunity to receive orthodontic care, and now you can too.
At Dunegan & Cole Orthodontics, we love helping patients of all ages achieve the smile they desire and deserve. We also recognize that adults and children sometimes have different needs and levels of care. We will work with you and your general dentist to ensure all your options are reviewed and the most appropriate treatment plans are implemented.
Straight Teeth are Healthy Teeth
Teeth that are properly aligned are easier to keep clean with flossing and brushing, which may help prevent cavities and other health problems.
A Beautiful Smile Builds Confidence
Orthodontic treatment can help boost your self-confidence, giving you a better quality of life and the freedom to smile without holding back.
Prevent Serious Dental Problems
Not receiving orthodontic treatment when it’s needed can create long-term health issues costing you more in the end.
Treatment Options for Adults
For many adults, the thought of having metal braces is enough to discourage them from receiving treatment. However, today’s orthodontic treatment options offer a variety of braces and appliances that are comfortable, aesthetic, and customized to meet your needs. Types of braces include:
Invisalign is a clear aligner system. It’s a virtually invisible way of straightening teeth using removable, clear aligners that are custom-designed specifically for your teen’s teeth. Simple fix or complex shifts, Invisalign clear aligners can straighten it out.
Ceramic braces move teeth as efficiently as metal braces, except the brackets are clear, so they are less noticeable. They are most popular braces choice with adult patients due to their cosmetic appeal.
Traditional Metal Braces
There are many good reasons why time-tested metal braces remain popular — they offer a reliable, effective and economical treatment option. In contrast to the appliances of the past, today’s braces are actually smaller, lighter, and more comfortable to wear.
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Adult Treatment FAQs
Is orthodontic care expensive?
We don’t want your experience at Dunegan & Cole Orthodontics to feel transactional. We know it’s about a relationship, so we offer straightforward and inclusive financing options. At your free initial consultation, our experienced financial coordinators can help to maximize any insurance benefit and create an interest-free payment plan designed just for your budget. To see some real numbers, please see our cost calculator for an example of what to expect.
Will I need to have any teeth extracted?
If your teeth are severely crowded (because your mouth is too small to properly accommodate all of them) — or if you have impacted teeth (teeth that are trapped beneath the gum line by other teeth) — then extraction may be necessary. In the case of younger patients, early treatment may make extraction unnecessary. Each case will be evaluated individually so that the best decision can be made for each patient.
How long will treatment take?
It’s different for each person, but generally the active stage of treatment (that is, wearing braces or other appliances) may take from 6-30 months. After that, a retainer is worn for at least several months more.
Does getting braces hurt? What about wearing them?
Having braces put on is generally painless. Some people experience minor aches and pains in the first couple of days or so, as they adjust to wearing their appliances; periodic adjustments may sometimes cause soreness as well, though it typically lasts only a short time. Over-the-counter pain relievers can be used to alleviate any discomfort, but are usually unnecessary.
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